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Universidade Lusófona

Doctorate in Computing - New Media and Pervasive Systems

School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies


NEMPS is a doctoral programme offered by Universidade Lusófona. The programme¿s NEMPS has a total minimum duration of 3 consecutive years, full time, and a maximum duration of four years. It comprises eleven (11) curricular units, five (5) of which are mandatory. The programme comprises two main parts:
- Curricular Component. A total of 60 ECTS are split across two semesters (each holding 30 ECTS). The first semester includes two (2) mandatory curricular units (Research and Innovation Methodologies; Digital Media) and four (4) optional curricular units - two to be selected by the candidate. The second semester includes two (2) mandatory curricular units (Thesis Planning; Pervasive Communication Systems) and two (2) optative curricular, of which candidates must select one.
- Research Component. Comprising a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 3, this is the part dedicated to the thesis work, which will end with the presentation of the doctoral thesis.
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Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Doctorate | 6 Semesters | 180 ECTS

Programme Director

Professor Doutor Paulo Mendes


Anabela Moura

Entrance Conditions

The following may apply for the Doctoral Programme:
a) People who hold a master's degree or legal equivalent degree;
b) People who hold a B.A., people who have an especially relevant school or scientific curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme's Scientific Committee;
c) People who have a school, scientific and professional curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme¿s Scientific Committee.

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 180 ECTS


To complement the education of MSc and undergrad students in science and engineering courses, providing advanced training in emergent areas of pervasive communication systems and digital media.
To assist in the development of competences in terms of research methodology and experimentation, allowing the autonomous development of research and the development of activities covering several aspects of the R&D process, namely, selection and application of writing techniques for the dissemination of R&D results.
To provide candidates with a solid grasp of the most recent evolution concerning informatics sciences, in particular concerning pervasive systems and new media. The programme integrates a teaching staff from ECATI, most of which also integrate the ECATI R&D Unit COPELABS (Informatics Systems and Technologies) as associate members, and which have strong expertise in fields such as complex systems, computational sciences, digital media, and Internet technologies and systems.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

Over 36 months, applicants shall acquire skills in three areas of intervention, established in accordance to the "European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Good Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers." Out of the three areas of intervention, two are mandatory (knowledge area and research area), while the third is an optional training area.Such areas are:
-Knowledge area: it has the goal to support knowledge acquisition in specific
scientific and technological fields, being offered via the curricular units, and seminars.
Topics covered are grouped in accordance to the two main programme¿s themes (New
Media and Pervasive Systems).
-Research area: it has the goal to assist student in the development of accomplishment
of a plan of research studies appropriate to reach with excellence the doctor degree.
Such study plan will be developed within an international research context, based on
the R&D Unit COPELABS (Cognitive and People-Centric Computing).
-Training area: it aims at providing students with the possibility to overcome specific
challenges in implementing their research plans. This training nature is optional and its
validity is analyzed by the student's advisor. In case of approval, it shall be included in
the student's research plan and it can be implemented, for example, in collaboration
with an industrial partner under a national or an international research project.

Equipments and venues

NEMPS is held at the campus of Universidade Lusófona. The facilities that the programme has are:
-2 auditoriums and a lecture hall.¿ Average-sized classrooms (up to 40 persons).
-Space dedicated to individual work located in the R&D Unit COPELABS. The unit has an open-space area for PhD students with a module composed of chair, desk, drawers and access to the Internet via wireless and cabling.
-Equipment dedicated to R&D activities, including testing facilities.
-Social area shared within the R&D unit.
-Space in the general Library with over 4,000 monographs, specialized journals and online access to scientific journals, namely sage, Intelect and IEEE related to this training area.
Students from NEMPS enjoy online access to relevant scientific repositories (ISI Web of Science; IEEExplore; ACM Digital Library) and also the packages of scientific journals provided by the library Vitor de Sá.

In addition to the labs and study rooms mentioned, students will have access to software and also access to simulators (Matlab, Omnet++, ns2, ONE). ULHT also includes regular facilities as university residence, free wireless coverage in the campus,online secretarial services.

Further Studies

Due to the innovative nature of the proposed doctoral course and due to its similarities with European programmes of reference in the area of media digital and pervasive systems, there are several attractive factors that are expected to give rise to opportunities during the PhD programme implementation, namely: i) growing demand for the proposed doctoral programme; ii) take advantage of the technologies analysed/envisioned by students; iii) develop new R&D opportunities tailored for market niches; iv) increase the number of institutional cooperations iv) expand the international network of cooperations through partnerships with other teaching institutes (national or international) that are well-aligned with NOMEPS¿s goals, interests, as well as methodology.

Occupacional Profiles

Internet services and in particular media services applied to the Internet as a pervasive system is still in a growing wave of employability and is also an adequate entrepreneurism environment. As such it facilitates the development of micro-economy in particular for multidisciplinary projects. The growing number of services in the social media area and also the growing intrusion of technology/Internet in the day-to-day living of society are indicators that allow us to advance that from a medium-range perspective there will be no tendency to invert the current growth tendency.


The research component of NEMPS is based on the ULHT Research Unit COPELABS ¿Cognitive and People-Centric Computing ( COPELABS offers
applicants the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge and also their research abilities in the context of an internationally recognized team, with activities that are based on the lines of research of the doctoral programme.

COPELABS, established in October 2013, is the result of a merge of the SITILabs and CEPCA, a research unit in psychology. SITILABS was established in September 2010 in Universidade Lusófona, and is recognized by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). It integrates a team of 27 researchers dedicated to the study of informatics and technology systems such as new media and pervasive systems. It integrates seven PhD students from various doctoral programmes (host institution: Universidade Lusófona). It is composed of an international team and attracts researchers from several countries, including Germany, France, Brazil, Pakistan, Zambia.


From a social perspective, the global Internet presence, both as immersive media and social tool, is changing the way the day-to-day of an information society is managed, providing not only a solid basis for social interaction, but also assisting in disseminating local interests, thus developing a truly global village. There is therefore today a predominant role of the individual as part of the Internet services value-chain, in the sense that more and more the Internet provides services that are also molded by the user towards the user or towards communities of users ¿ a truly user-centric perspective.
The aforementioned aspects impact both potential new services as well as new business opportunities. They also impact the evolution of the information society, and there are two main principles related to such impact that are worth to be analysed and deeply studied: i) the evolution of Internet services and architectures; ii) the immersion of the user while fundamental component of Internet services and technologies. These two aspects are today often analyzed and studied in isolation, methodology which leads to a serious failure in the development and training of individuals capable of providing a global, innovative and entrepeneuring vision not only of a future Internet but above all of a future knowledge society.
It is within the described context that this doctoral programme is proposed. It has as main motivation to form individuals in the field of Informatics Sciences with a rigorous and yet global perspective of two main aspects that are the basis of a digital society and also the basis for the development of new opportunities within the context of a future Internet: New media and Pervasive Systems.
The doctoral programme has Informatics Sciences (CNAEF 481) as the main scientific area. The programme contemplates one curricular year (a total of 60 ECTS distributed across 2 semestres), and 2 years (120 ECTS) devoted to the thesis work and which shall culminate with the presentation of a PhD thesis. The programme contemplates a total of eleven (11) courses, five (5) of which are mandatory.
The curricular year of the doctoral programme is organized as follows. The first semester contemplates two (2) mandatory curricular units (Research and Innovation Methodologies; Digital Media) and four (4) optional curricular units of which candidates must attend two. The second semester contemplates two (2) mandatory curricular units (Thesis Workplan; Complex Systems) and two (2) optional curricular units out of which candidates must attend one.

Scientific Areas

Ciências informáticas


Study Plan

1st Year/ Semester ECTS
Digital MediaFirst Semester10
Option IFirst Semester10
Research and Innovation MethodologiesFirst Semester10
Option IISecond Semester5
Pervasive Communication SystemsSecond Semester10
Thesis PlanningSecond Semester15
2nd Year/ Semester ECTS
Thesis (2nd year)Yearly60
3rd Year/ Semester ECTS
Thesis (3rd year)Yearly60

Teaching staff

Teachers, Academic Degree and Dedication time
LecturerAcademic DegreesDedication time
Célia Maria Silvério QuicoDoctorateFull-Time
David José Ribeiro LamasDoctoratePart-Time
Helena Rute Esteves Carvalho SofiaDoctorateFull-Time
João Carlos Roquete Fidalgo CantoDoctorateFull-Time
José Luís De Azevedo Quintino RogadoDoctorateFull-Time
Manuel José Carvalho Almeida DamásioAgréggationFull-Time
Maria Claudia Silva Afonso E AlvaresDoctorateFull-Time
Maria Da Conceição Gonçalves CostaDoctorateFull-Time
Paulo Jorge Milheiro MendesDoctorateFull-Time
Rui Pedro Nobre RibeiroDoctorateFull-Time


Early Apllications (for enrolled students only) 0 €
External Students 0 €
Holders of Foreign Higher Education 300 €
Holders of University Degree 126 €
Holders of University Degree - Alumni 0 €
Student Insurance40 €
Enrollment and Registration265 €
Average value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 253,2 €
Per ECTS 8,44 €

Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force